Books for the News

Dark Hope in Slate’s best books of 2007

jacket image
Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate has chosen David Shulman’s Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine as one the best books of 2007. Bazelon summarizes the book writing:

During what he calls the “unhappy years” from 2002 to 2006, David Shulman, an Israeli professor at Hebrew University, did some of the harder work of his country’s peace movement: clashing with police and settlers to deliver food and medical supplies to Palestinian villages. In his excellent record of these years, Dark Hope, Shulman vividly describes the small bands of Palestinians who live in caves in the Hebron Hills. While they try to tend sheep and goats, as their people have for centuries, Jewish settlers scatter tiny blue-green pellets of poison amid the grazing grounds. Shulman bears “moral witness” to such misdeeds, Avishai Margalit writes in this provocative review. The author knows that the Palestinians also “stagger under a burden of folly and crime,” but says, “my concern in these pages is with the darkness on my side.”

Note that the Slate article contains a link to The New York Review of Books where Avishai Margalit has a much more in-depth review of Shulman’s book.
Also read an excerpt.